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Three Vital Idea Crowdsourcing Best Practices from the 2021 Suez Canal Obstruction
In recent years, the concept of crowdsourcing has become an increasingly common tool used in response to large scale crises and world events. From the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, to the Covid-19 solutions marketplace in Israel last year; crowdsourcing has...
Innovation Program Recipe for Success: The Three Essential Ingredients
At Qmarkets we have spent the last 15+ years helping leading organizations to build and implement effective innovation initiatives. Along the way we have seen a wide variety of approaches and formats, from small-scale hackathons with a few hundred participants, to long term innovation...
An Interview with esolva: How Small Scale Innovation Can Generate Large Scale Impact
Idea and innovation management is sometimes seen as the domain of large organizations with dedicated innovation departments and tens of thousands of employees…However what people don’t realize is that these company-wide projects will often start off as a small-scale innovation initiative involving just a single department. Then once results have been generated and a proof of concept is established, it becomes easy to justify further expansion.   On the other hand some small companies – with less than 250 employees – are flipping the script and using innovation management to help fuel company growth and expansion. As a company with...
The Top Four Culture of Innovation Best Practices
Innovation lends itself to success by provoking organizations to continuously push for improvement and always be on the lookout for new opportunities. Amazon, SpaceX, Apple, and Salesforce are far better at innovation than others, but this is not by chance. These companies have hardwired innovation into their framework and have ingrained innovation into their organization’s culture, but how exactly do you define a ‘culture of innovation’? According to MaRS – North America’s largest urban innovation hub, “a culture of innovation is an environment that supports creative thinking and advances efforts to extract economic and social value from knowledge, and,...
4 Corporate Innovation Trends Set to Disrupt the Business Landscape in 2021
2020 was not what we expected, but nevertheless the old adage ‘out of adversity comes opportunity’ has never been more apt. The enormous pressure of the pandemic has caused irrevocable change, forcing organizations to adapt and innovate to survive. Yet in many cases it...
Top 3 Alternative Assets for your Business Innovation Strategy
With every enterprise innovation initiative, the most obvious and commonly prioritized assets are ideas. These are the backbone of innovation and can deliver amazing value, however they are ultimately only one aspect of innovation. In this blog, we will share the additional ‘innovation assets’...
Ideating at Enexis – Driving Operational Innovation in Dutch Energy Sector
The Enexis Group finds itself in an industry prime for innovation stagnation; well-established solutions, a workforce often resistant to change, and heavy regulation on procedures and costs, means that spontaneous innovation is not something that can happen easily. Yet the company has managed to...
The Role of Innovation in New Product Development: Three Approaches for Success
Innovation is essential throughout the entire new product development (NPD) process, but nowhere is it more key than it is in the Fuzzy Front End (FFE) stage. FFE is the starting point of NPD and is where new product ideas are generated before entering...
Building a Business Case for Innovation Management – Why Now?
We all know it is not business as usual at the moment, and it’s even more important than ever for us to carefully prioritize where we focus our efforts both individually and collectively. However, I have recently been seeing reports of many businesses going into survival mode; choosing not to invest in innovation and instead save precious resources. In my personal experience as Qmarkets’ VP of Product and Customer Success, and inspired by dozens of our leading customers, I have a deep belief that innovation management should not be viewed as a luxury, but as a strategic means of...
Crowdsourcing: An Innovation Tool to Overcome the Limits of Remote Work
The unprecedented shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations to change ways they do business. Almost every business operation has been affected: from the manner firms talk to their customers to the logistics of product delivery to maintaining channels of communication between employees. Corporate Innovation: A Victim of Remote Work?  Corporate innovation will not be spared the troubles of adjusting to the “new normal.” One danger corporate innovation teams may be already facing is quite trivial: reduced R&D/innovation budgets, a measure that myopic managers routinely resort to in times of economic hardship. Another danger might not be as evident yet, could turn to be much...
Growing Strong: How A Dedicated Continuous Improvement Process Can Nurture Corporate Innovation
Having a method in place to capture, refine, and unleash disruptive new ideas is crucial for any innovation strategy. However, it’s just as important to employ a dedicated approach that allows incremental, small-scale improvements to be implemented systematically over time. In this article– we’ll...
Digital Civic Engagement in the age of Covid-19, BLM, and Economic Recovery
COVID-19, the worst recession since WW2, worldwide Black Lives Matter protests on police brutality – and we’re only 7 months into 2020. This year has given communities a lot to say and governments’ plenty to address, pushing civic engagement into the front of many...

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